Driving test advice

Before the test

1. Take a look over the test routes for your area. Use google maps to locate the address of your test centre and locate any awkward looking areas such as one way systems, complicated roundabouts and tricky junctions. Get plenty of practice over these routes with a professional driving instructor.

2. Whilst being a passenger with family or friends, imagine you're the one driving. Look well ahead for any potential hazards and think well in advance what you might need to do. Talk yourself through your MSN routine as though you were driving.

3. Your manoeuvres are where you have the most control in your test. Ensure that you complete all your manoeuvres with no faults. This will leave you with the full 15 minor faults to use on the rest of your test. For manoeuvre advice see our tutorials on 3 point turn, left reverse, parallel parking and bay parking.

The driving test

1. The majority of driving tests are failed due to lack of appropriate observation. Silently talk yourself through everything ahead instead of leaving it till you get there. This will prepare you for what's coming up ahead. Observing all road signs and hazards and talking yourself through your routines and any actions you need to take well in advance.

2. During the test it is likely that you will make some mistakes. Many learners dwell on this during the test, turn into a bundle of nerves and then before you know it, you're more minors and even serious faults. The examiner isn't expecting you to drive like a professional. You are after all still a learner. If you make a mistake, move on and forget about it. The chances are it will be a minor fault and nothing to worry about. If you happen to make an error during a manoeuvre such as nudging a curb for instance, say to the examiner that you are going to pull forward to correct this. If you can't correct it, ask the examiner to try the manoeuvre again. Time permitting he or she may well let you and you still stand a very good chance of passing. In other words, persevere and don't give up!

3. If you aren't entirely sure what direction the examiner asks you to take, then ask them to repeat. They don't mind this in the slightest.

4. This is another area where tests are commonly failed. For example: The examiner has given you a direction and all of a sudden you realise that you are in the wrong lane, panic and abruptly get yourself into the correct lane. Being in the incorrect lane isn't going to fail your test. Abruptly changing lanes without appropriate observation is. If you do realise that you're not in the correct lane, use your mirrors, indicate and then change lanes. If it is unsafe to change lanes then stay in the lane you're in and the examiner will slightly alter the course.

5. Not making progress is an error learners are prone to. If for example the speed limit is 30mph, the road is free from hazards and is relatively straight, then drive at 30mph. Driving too slow for the conditions can be dangerous and can also fail your test.

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